2018-19 Downtown Missoula Master Plan Update

Following nine months of research, analysis, mapping, design, and public engagement from over 2,500 individuals, the full draft version of Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan has been written and posted online at https://missoulasdowntownmasterplan.com/ by consultants Dover, Kohl & Partners. From now until Friday, August 1, 2019, the Downtown Missoula Partnership will be accepting public comments at [email protected].

The draft Downtown Master Plan is a 313-page document with seven chapters centered around five Big Ideas:

  1. Background & Process
  2. Downtown Needs to be More than One “Postcard” Street: Urban Design
  3. Improve Mobility, Health & Safety: Transportation, Parking, Infrastructure
  4. Stay Original. Stay Authentic. Be Green. And Create Opportunity: Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Historic Preservation
  5. Better Utilize the River & Enhance Parks: Parks & Open Space, River Access, Sustainability
  6. Downtown for Everyone: Inclusiveness, Regional Affordability
  7. Implementation

“Our team has taken in an overwhelming amount of information and ideas, and we have drafted a document that should reflect the values, interests and priorities of the Missoula community,” said Jason King, Principal and Senior Director at Dover, Kohl & Partners. “Now it is time for the community to review the draft plan, and let us know what we got right and what needs to be revised.”

The public review period will be approximately 8 weeks. Written comments should be directed to the Downtown Missoula Partnership via email ([email protected]) or mail (218 East Main, Missoula, MT 59802). The deadline for this review period is Thursday, August 1.

The Downtown Master Plan Update is a project of the Downtown Missoula Partnership and specifically the Downtown Business Improvement District. It was funded 50% by private contributions and 50% by parking fees and fines, tax increment financing, and transportation planning funds.  Formal adoption of the updated plan is expected to take place in September and October.

2018-19 Master Plan Funders

On behalf of the community and the Downtown Missoula Partnership, we are grateful for the financial support from these entities:


  • Missoula Parking Commission
  • Missoula Redevelopment Agency


  • City of Missoula
  • Downtown Business Improvement District
  • Missoula Downtown Association


  • Destination Missoula & Tourism BID
  • Farran Realty Partners
  • First Interstate Bank
  • First Security Bank
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital


  • Advanced Technology Group
  • Anderson Construction
  • Checota Foundation
  • Community Medical Center
  • Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
  • HomeBase Montana: Missoula Mercantile
  • Jackson Contractor Group
  • Missoula County
  • Missoula Economic Partnership
  • Missoulian
  • Mountain Line
  • University of Montana
  • Washington Development


  • A&E Architects
  • Blackfoot
  • Boone Karlberg
  • Garlington, Lohn & Robinson
  • Missoula Federal Credit Union
  • Old Sawmill District
  • Partners, Inc.
  • PayneWest Financial Group
  • Terry Payne
  • Stockman Bank
  • S. Bank
  • WGM Group
  • Wipfli, LLC
  • Morrison Maierle


  • Caras Real Estate & Access Property Management
  • EcoGeek & VidCon
  • Colin & Lexi Hickey
  • Southgate Mall
  • Missoula Housing Authority
  • Pattee Street, LLC
  • Tom & Mary Lou Stergios
  • Urban Renewal Associates


  • Betty’s Divine
  • Big Dipper Ice Cream
  • Black Coffee
  • Boyher, Erickson, Beaudette & Tranel
  • Boyle, Deveny & Meyer
  • Gatewest Property Management & Parkside Apts.
  • Kembel, Kosena & Co.MacArthur, Means & Wells
  • MIF Partnership
  • Missoula Building Industry Association
  • Missoula Osprey Baseball
  • Rocky Mountain Development Group
  • Williams Law Firm, P.C.